September 6, 2008

News & Opinion: Writing About Numbers

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In watching the feed for the business+book this week, there have been a number of webizens that are paying attention to Stephen Baker's The Numerati.

The Sept 8th cover story of BusinessWeek titled "Managing By The Numbers" was an excerpt adapted from the book about amazing work being done at IBM:

"I'm here to find out how Takriti and his colleagues go about turning IBM's workers into numbers. If this works, his team plans to apply these models to other companies and to automate much of what we now call management."

You can find the introduction excerpted and an active weblog on The Numerati website.

The book I would correlate this with is last year's Super Crunchers by Ian Ayres, which is out in paperback now.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.